“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” – Ephesians 5:25; 6:4
Let’s take a moment to remember the Bible’s greatest priorities for Dads:
- Husbands, love your wives.(Ephesians 5:25). The best way to be a good father is to be a loving husband. Our children need that more than anything. Remember, the Biblical word for love means more than a feeling, it means a commitment.
- Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger. (Ephesians 6:4). Every child’s psyche is fragile. We dads can expect too much at times and come down too hard on them. Worst of all, we can shut out our kids emotionally. We are to build them up and not destroy the spirit and self-image of our children.
- Bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:4). To do this, we need to be godly men who know the Book, who live it, and teach it to our kids. Kids need to know their boundaries. It gives them security. They also need instruction and teaching on what is right and wrong.
To sum it up, the best fathers love their wives, their kids, and the Lord. Fathers, may this be our goal every single day.